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Islamic Anti-Christ? (Part 2) - Pastor Mike Taylor -
"He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these; a god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.
39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price." (Daniel 11:37-39)
Revelation 17:5 "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
Last time, in part 1 of Islamic Anti-Christ, we looked at the possibility of who or where the coming Anti-Christ could come from. I then had numerous emails with messages that proposed the same thing as I am considering the Anti-Christ being Muslim...Pete Garcia proposed near the same as I did, and spoke of Chrislam as the end time One World Religion, and a brother in Christ sent me a four part series dealing with the same subject..Which I will post the first part below and let all who wish to read this possible scenario that may come upon the earth that are posted on my blog, one right after the other in four parts:
Note that the articles point to one man in Saudi Arabia...Is he right? Things is, we won't know for sure who the AC really is until he is revealed at the signing the confirmation of a covenant of 7 years with Israel. We may have a good idea, but Paul told us in 2nd Thessalonians that we won't be here..
6 "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-10)(in bold, my emphasis)
But now let us take an even closer look at who and where the AC could come from and decide if our brother above is right or not as even my brother in Christ proposes an Arabia Crown Prince as the possible coming AC...But one caution, we may not know the man, or see him before Jesus comes, but the times we live in are pointing to one "religion" that will melt with another for the objective of ruling the entire world. Let us look closer....
In the times we live in, there are no greater mysteries that make men wonder than who will be the Anti-Christ, and who or what will be the mother of harlots, Mystery Babylon. For a time, it seems they are joined loosely together and form a one world religion and a one world government.. That much is proven in your bible, but it will be broken when the man of sin and his government is through with this harlot and will eat her flesh, strip her naked, and burn her with fire.
In the last message of Part 1 of this topic, I have proposed that the Anti-Christ may come out of a major religion that will still be powerful on this earth and will deceive unrighteous men with a false "messiah", called the Mahdi and a pact made between this evil man and a one world religion embodied by the Roman Catholic Church.
I have had disagreements with this scenario and many reasons for the embracing of the traditional view of an European Union or Western leg of the Revived Roman Empire type of Anti-Christ and they forget that there was an Eastern Leg of the Roman Empire that outlasted the western by a 1000 years..., but note that the Bible gives no nationality to the origin of the AC. It only gives types and anti-types of examples of a man who fits many of the historical figures already come upon the scene (ie. Antiochus Epiphanes, and all the way up to modern day Hitler and even Barack Obama, who are all Anti-Christ.) I look to three areas of investigation, this being only one possible explanation. I look to Rome and the Pope (religious apostacy), New York City, (the economic hub of modern day commerce) and a satanic inspired POTUS (present or future), and a Muslim Caliphate located in Mecca being moved to Jerusalem.
In my studies, I have noticed that the Roman Catholic Church has been fervently trying to draw all religions into an ecumenical relationship that we "are all brothers, and can't we all just get along? Come back to the "mother church" type of message. I have hypothesized that when the true church, the Bride of Christ is removed from this world that two major religions will be still in force and will set out to deceive the world domination, for power and money. This, I believe is embodied in the Roman Catholic Church finally joining forces with the Muslim world and both wishing to rule together. When true believers and the Holy Spirit are suddenly gone, then the world will be ripe for anyone who can calm their fears and let them continue in their own unrighteousness and give them a sense of security, even if it be a false security for a season.
JOINING OF CATHOLICISM AND ISLAM: CHRISLAM!!
In this message, I want to turn attention to a possible scenario that is playing out right now in front of us. I wish to dive further into the relationship between the Anti-Christ and his harlot religion.
In many articles that I have read, and many U-tube videos, people have tried to discover for themselves by interpreting scripture with their own understanding. We ask for God's Holy Spirit to lead us, but I must profess, that all we can do is search the scriptures and watch the signs of the times, because until God lays it down in concrete before us, we will not be 100% certain of what He was trying to convey to us in the message. But Jesus told us something that we should all take very seriously in our individual lives.34 "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."(Luke 21:34-36)
I firmly believe that all the prophecy teachers and ministers of our present day (including myself) who are watchers on the wall of our end times, some may if not all, have a head slapping moment when they take the palm of their hand and raise it to their forehead and say "Ah, ha....that's what He meant." We are told to watch and pray, but also understand, that when these demonic forces start to become more clear, we who look to our bible will not be confused or misled this side of our departure from this earth to be with the Lord forevermore.
ONE WORLD RELIGION...CHRISLAM
Let us take a moment and look at a symbol that John paints in the book of Revelation chapter 17.
3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
What is a harlot? When it is denoted of a human, it means being unfaithful with different lovers and committing fornication or adultery. In John's account of the Mother of Harlots, this woman sits as a queen riding upon a beast and controls the beast in a loose relationship as noted in my past messages. In ancient times, Babylon was located in the land what is now Iraq, but hardly fits the final scenario of what will be the modern definition of Mystery Babylon. Many writers have tried to determine what this city is, and where it is located. Does the Bible gives us any clues to its location? I believe it does, but again, until it be revealed, we can only watch and pray.
In the bible, a harlot is denoted by a religion that follows after false gods and prostitutes herself with that religion. In ancient history, Jerusalem and the Israelites fit that category when the kings of Israel became corrupt and took the gods of the people surrounding them and became worse than they were. God delivered judgment upon Israel by dispersing her twice. The first time for 70 years and the last time, for almost 2000 years beginning in 70 AD, until Israel became a nation again in 1948. But where is Mystery Babylon today? Is she alive? Is she on this earth right now? I believe she is and we will watch and pray, as God will reveal it to His people when the time is right. But let's look at some key scriptures that may point to her existence.
First John talks about a queen who sits over the kings of the earth. John was given a description of this mysterious woman who is a harlot and tells us in John
17:18 "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
POSSIBLE CULPRITS OF THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
A religion that supports a false god, has a capital that is her base and which resides her power. In Catholicism its power is in Rome. In Islam, where is the religious capital of the Muslims? That would be Mecca. There are many harlot religions in the world. Besides these religions, just name them off. If they believe on any other God, than the God of the Holy Bible or pervert it in anyway, then they are harlots. What are harlot religions? Any religion that does not recognize the God of the Universe, Jehovah or Yahweh, and His only Son, Jesus the Christ (Messiah) or pervert the Gospel message is a harlot. Each have only one thing in common, who their father is, Satan the devil. Satan is who is called the father of lies and has infiltrated men's minds and deceived them into worshiping false gods to their eternal damnation. Each of them deny the only Begotten Son of God, either in deed or in word. They are Anti-Christ.
In Eastern religions when you say the mother of anything, then it means the greatest. So when John was saying that this harlot is the Mother of Harlots, it means she is the greatest and the most perverted of them all. So it comes down to one question, "Who is the most dangerous, the most blasphemous, the most dangerous, and the most seductive of all religions in this modern world?"
In Isaiah chapter 21, the prophet makes known of a great nation that will fall. John saw the same thing when He wrote in Revelation:14:8
" And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
Isaiah makes a reference to an area by the sea as an idolatrous nation using names of cities that are part of this country. Can this be the center of this harlot religion? Note this is but one possibility of who the harlot is. In Chapter 18, Isaiah also uses terms that I have identified, in the past, as pointing to the USA as the harlot, but further into the book, he speaks of nations in the Middle-east that are also harlots against the living God. He identifies this area in chapter 21 with these attributes of location. Isaiah uses other terms other than harlot, but is talking about judgment on a geographical area that is in idolatry:
1 " The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease."(Isaiah 21:1-2)
The KJV renders the phrase "burden of the desert of the sea.", but can also in context be rendered. 'burden of the desert BY the sea.". So in context we see that this possible Harlot resides in a capital that is in the desert and is by the sea. So let's look at some attributes that point to this possibility. John also makes the same inference when he writes in Revelation chapter 18:
17 "For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!"(Revelation 18:17-18)
It gives you the picture that this capital is in the desert and has a either a port, or a way to ship her goods via the merchants and captains of the sea.
Let's go look at another prophet who spoke of the destruction of a people located south of Israel located in a desert by the sea;7 "Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?
8 Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him."
20 "Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.
21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea."(Jeremiah 49:7-8,20-21)
WHAT LAND ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Where are the cities mentioned in this passage? Where is Teman? Where is Dedan and Edom? If you look at a historical map of the ancient world, we find that Dedan and Teman are the cities located in Yemen and stretching to Northern Saudia Arabia. So we've narrowed it down to a city that is in the desert, by the sea, and is located on the Arabian Peninsula.
In Isaiah 21, the prophet goes on to pass judgment on cities of Dumah, Seir, Tedan, Arabia, and Kedar and it is prophesied that their splendor will come to an end. Where are these cities located in what country? They are located in the modern land of Saudi Arabia. Just as John, Isaiah and Jeremiah spoke of, Saudi Arabia is a desert by the sea and is surrounded by sea. In Arabic, Saudi Arabia is known as "Al Jazeera Al Arabia" or Arab Island and also can be called a "desert by the sea.". Note that modern day Iraq and the ancient site of Babylon are not by any port, or any ocean, or is a vast desert. At least not like Saudi Arabia with Mecca with a close by port, or Rome with Catholicism, or New York, if we count the USA with their ports for shipping, but only Mecca is surrounded by desert. What is the dominant religion of this area? Islam is the only (false) religion of idolatry in this area. All other religions that dare set foot in Saudi Arabia are either persecuted, or executed. And what is the center of this false religion (ideology, as it's not a religion, per se)? Right, it is Mecca. Where is Mecca? Mecca is in the desert, by the RED SEA and is the spiritual capital of Islam.
An interesting note to ponder is that Mount Sinai is where God gave the Hebrew people His law, the Ten Commandments. Mount Sinai is located where?, It is located in the Arabian desert. Sinai or Suen is Arabic for Satan. So there God gave His law for a standard to live by and to bring a people unto Himself. He gave Satan a resounding defeat by delivering His people from Egypt, and will continue to defeat him again at this time and in the near future.
STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED
I submit for your study, to search scripture and see if you agree. In the end times, if it turns to be true, Islam will be the major religion in all the earth at the beginning of the Tribulation. It may be joined by another world religion, as I've mentioned, the Roman Catholic Church. Catholicism is attempting to re-unite the "mother" church and it's protestant daughters and blend it with another major "religion" of Islam, calling this blend "Chrislam". I note Rick Warren at Saddlebrook Church is promoting this blasphemy and Kenneth Copeland is estatic that the current pope, Pope Francis is reaching out to call the apostate church of loosely held Laodecian beliefs into one fold, with one "shepherd"...of course, that will be the pope. Pope Francis is making a move to bring all religions together in "one big, happy family" including and especially Islam. Each will fulfill their desire for power in the short term. Each will use the other to rule all the earth in certain geographical areas, until the Beast Power and the Anti-Christ needs them no longer. Note that the beast destroys this Harlot with fire, this blend of Islam and Christianity, possibly called Chrislam in the final days of man-made rule..
You ask, "How will this area be destroyed and by whom? If the Anti-Christ is Islamic, why would he destroy his own religion?
Good questions and a detail that might point to Mecca in Saudi Arabia as the Harlot of Revelation. Here is what Jeremiah had to say about this time:
51:11 " Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, Because His purpose focuses against Babylon to destroy it; For it represents the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.
51:12 Lift up a signal against the walls of Babylon; Post a strong guard, Station sentries, Place men in ambush! For the LORD has both purposed and performed What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
51:13 O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your end." (Jeremiah 51:11-13)
This was accomplished once before when the Medes invaded Babylon and took the city without much effort. But remember, the Bible is dual in prophecy, as the passages were written for our modern time, and this will happen again, soon.
Who are the Medes? Correct. They are the inhabitants of the modern nation of IRAN!!. Now why would Iran hate their Muslim "brothers"? Because the Mother of Harlots is still a whore. Iran will hate her, because she has become more Westernized than all of her counterparts. She has dealt richly with the West and have provided herself with untold riches and luxuries. Remember she reigns as a queen over the kings of the earth as noted in Revelation chapter 17 quoted above.
THE WINE OF HER FORNICATION
But what have they been ruled by and what? Revelation 18:3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality". (adultery)
These verses could apply to two dominant religions on this earth at this time...both have blood dripping from their hands of the death of millions of innocents who would not bow their knee to the rule of these two religions...Islam and the Roman Catholic Church. Both were possessed to bring all men under their rule, almost concurrently during the Dark Ages, and spilled countless men and women's blood for the own conquest.
But looking at Islam located in Saudi Arabia, what "wine" does Saudi Arabia possess, that would cause the world to commit fornication with her and become rich in the process? The answer is OIL! A barren land has become rich with the wine of her fornication. She controls the world with the price of her wine...OIL!
So how can we be sure that the wine of Revelation is the OIL of Saudi Arabia? Isaiah spoke of their destruction in chapter 34:
8 "For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 Its streams will turn into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone (sulfur), And its land will become burning pitch (bitumen).
10 It will not quench night or day; Its smoke will go up forever From generation to generation it will remain desolate; None will pass through it forever and ever."(Isaiah 34:8-10)
ISRAEL: THE CENTER OF ALL PROPHECY
What one commodity can make the world turn against the land of Israel and because of its desire for riches? OIL!! REMEMBER ONE THING. ISRAEL IS THE DOOR TO END TIME PROPHECY AND JERUSALEM IS THE KEY!! It's the never ending story of the struggle between Isaac and Ishmael, the Hebrew people (Israel) against the Arabs. And in the end, it is the treatment of Israel that will cause untold judgment on the inhabitants of this earth. Getting back, could oil be the wine that has made the world drunk? IN that day, the streams of crude oil which is what pitch and bitumen are, will fill their land and burn and the land will be uninhabitable. Because of the world's desire for oil, and to placate the oil rich center of the Middle East who controls 20% of the known world oil supply, they have, even today, abandoned Israel and attempted to divide up her land, in order to drive down the price of the wine of their intoxication...OIL!! Would it surprise you that world policy, especially the USA under the past administration, and other administrations beyond that have done the bidding of the most powerful nation that controls the engines of the modern world? You guessed it, Saudi Arabia. We do her bidding, at the expense of God's chosen people (especially in recent years) to run our own factories, run our cars, and grease our palms with the untold profit that has been generated by this one country. Right now, Israel is the center of attention with the rage on the Temple Mount and the rise of Palestinian terror besieging the country and the past POTUS did nothing but try and divide the land of Israel....why, because of oil and I believe a deep loathing by the past resident of the Oval Office (a Muslim sympathizer and/or a Muslim himself) for the nation of Israel and especially its leader, Bibi Netanyahu.
But the rest of the world of Muslims hate the economy of Saudi Arabia, because in their mind, since they deal with the West so heavily and we have,( in the past), been a proponent of supporting Israel, they look on her as a whore to their own religion. The other sects of Islam hate the ways of Saudi Arabia for dealing with the West and indirect support of Israel.
But God hates her for a different reason. Mecca is the "spiritual" capital of Islam. So why do you think God hates her? Mecca is the center of the largest false religion on earth, and has in its city the largest idol prayed to by all Muslims five times a day. It is the Kaaba stone.
A COUNTERFEIT RELIGION
History shows us that Mohammed, when he conquered Mecca, looked upon their idol worship of many gods as disgusting and destroyed all gods, but made "allah, the moon goddess, the supreme god for worship in Islam. He destroyed all temples, stripped them naked, and burned them with fire. As it was then, so it will be in modern times. Our God, the Almighty Jehovah hates the idol of Kaaba which is a black meteorite with images of female genitalia on it's face, as He does all idol worship.. The Kaaba is a cube shaped shrine of a black meteorite that is supposed to have the image of the god allah on its surface. As I mentioned, it is the image of the female genitalia. You may investigate this by Googling "Kaaba Stone " and see a picture of it and a description.
Zechariah chapter 5 speaks of this abomination.
5 " Then the angel who spoke with me went out and said to me, "Lift up now your eyes and see what this goes forth."
6 I said, "What does this signify?" And he said, "This represents the ephah going forth." Again he said, "This signifies their appearance in all the land.
7 (and behold, a lead cover appeared lifted up); and a woman sits inside the ephah."
8 Then he said, "This represents Wickedness!" And he threw her down into the middle of the ephah and cast the lead weight upon its opening."(Zechariah 5:5-8)
The Kaaba represents the basket, or ephah that gathers grain. And what is the grain? It is the people who worship this abomination. Inside you have a woman sitting in the middle. Remember what I told you about the symbol that is present on the surface of the Kaaba? Do you also remember that allah was the moon goddess allat, or allai, known today as "allah"? Here it shows that the false god has feminine attributes, as do many other false religions that try to replace the Lord God of Israel by a feminine false god of the pagan worship out of ancient Babylonia and call her the "queen of heaven"..sound familiar?
BRINGS END-TIME DESTRUCTION
Isaiah chapter 21 shows that God will stir up Iran and will bring her down to destroy this city.
Now why would Iran, besides what I've mentioned here wish to destroy the center of their religion? If the Anti-Christ is Islamic, he is an impersonator!! Note the scripture quoted in the beginning of this message. The AC will embrace no god, but promote himself. Also note that Iran is Shia or Shiite by majority and Saudi Arabia is Sunni by majority and embraces Wahhabism as the state religion. Both are at direct odds with the interpretation of what Islam is and how it should be followed. Could it be that the Anti-Christ will come forth from an alliance of Shiite Muslims, with Iran as their leader outside of Saudi Arabia? Will the Anti-Christ be Iranian or a similar sect of Shiite Islam, like their neighbor to the north, Turkey? Interesting! Stay alert. And the most persuasive is the following verse for their reasoning to destroy this area.
Daniel 11:37 "He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all."
This son of perdition, this man possessed by Satan himself, will allow no worship of any other god, but himself and through his agent, who Satan will possess, (the Anti-Christ) will Satan receive worship he so lustily desires. He will destroy any and all religions that are in conflict or take away from his perceived glory. Even Islamic prophecies talk about Mecca being destroyed and Jerusalem being the head of One World Government.
"The Mahdi will rule from Jerusalem, because Mecca will be destroyed." (Yawm Al-Ghadab, Safar Alwaly). If we want to take any stock in a Muslim prophecy, but it show that it is in their mind already.
God also hates this land because of their sins of human slavery. The Saudi kingdom has been the focus of many human rights violations and the slave trade of forced labor. Know that the Arabian peninsula produces nothing, but one thing...crude oil!! It imports everything else that it desires, in with her vast wealth, the nations of this earth have become rich. She drowns in gold and jewels and has gold shops that line their streets. Revelation 18:11:
"And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more-
12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble,
13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives." Revelation 18:11-13)And even more importantly, the Arabian peninsula has been the center for human sex slave traffic the world over. She attempts to conceal her human rights violations, the sex slave trading, the luxurious lifestyle that her oil barons and sheikhs live in, but the God of the Universe sees and knows it all.
Very soon, a man will arise and proclaim the religion of Islam , as the one true religion of the world. The Mahdi will proclaim himself the Islamic Messiah. Wonders will be produced probably at the Kaaba or at the Vatican by the false prophet who has accepted the message of the Mahdi and wants the world religions to unite. Could he be the Roman Catholic Pope that will promote the unholy trinity of Islam, Roman Catholicism and the Caliphate, the Islamic Messiah....The Anti-Christ? All will claim that to follow the Mahdi will bring peace, tranquility and untold luxury for a world united....Don't you believe it!
This scenario will last but three and a half short years. In the end of this beast rule, he will destroy this Chrislam, both Islam and false Christianity, its false prophet, and the land it resides in (Saudi Arabia?) . The Anti-Christ indwelled by Satan will allow no worship of anyone but himself, even of the false god, allah. Recall what the prophet Daniel wrote concerning this beast:
Daniel 11:37 "He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, (allah?) for he shall magnify himself above all."
He will destroy the center of Islam, (Mecca) and it's end time empire and set up his government in Jerusalem. There he will enter the Holy of Holies and Satan through the Anti-Christ beast, proclaim himself, a god. This starts the Great Tribulation and the attempt to destroy all of the Jewish people, as they realize that this "false" political messiah they have embraced to protect their land, is of the devil and blasphemes against the true God, Yahweh.
A WARNING TO THE SEEKER OF ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
IN the beginning, a pilgrimage may be commanded to take place and journey to Mecca to worship at the Kaaba at the beginning of the Tribulation, as it will change at the mid-point as noted that the Anti-Christ will move his headquarters of his one world government to Jerusalem. God tells us to stay away from Mecca, and to come out of her. Stay clear of Mecca, should the preceding comes to pass, as we stay alert, focused and breathing God's Word to warn others. I write this for you may have come to a Christian website looking for answers to the terrible destruction that has suddenly come upon your land, your country, and your home as millions have suddenly disappeared and there is no rational explanation of the event. Jesus warned. in Matthew chapter 24, a most prophetic chapter from God in the Flesh:24:26 " Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Be not fooled. The man they want you to go see, is an imposter. He will proclaim great things and if you allow yourself, you will be swooned into accepting his demonic message. He may be Islamic and only time will tell if this be true, but will tell you what you want to hear to calm your fears, only to lead you into the most horror filled terror of your short lived lives. It is the beginning of the greatest time of human destruction on this planet that if it were not stopped, no flesh will be saved. In this hour, your hope is in Jesus Christ and Him alone. Either side of this journey leading up to and beyond the tribulation, Jesus is the answer to the question you seek. Call upon Him while there is time to do so.
"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."(Matthew 24:22)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."(John 3:16-18)
8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:8-13)
Remember, faith in Jesus is the ONLY way to be delivered from what is coming. Even if we are close to the Tribulation, this time will test all who are so unfortunate or rebellious to enter into these coming 7 years, known as the Tribulation, or Jacob's Trouble. We must stay focused on Jesus and what He did for each of us, and the promise He made to the end time church of Philadelphia..
10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:10-11)
As I've preached, Jesus will keep us from this coming hour of temptation that shall cover the whole earth. Don't wait a moment longer, as today is the day of salvation....we are not promised even tomorrow...
This is Pastor Mike Taylor praying God's love and mercy for you. If there be anything I can help you with, pray with you about, or just listen and counsel, please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com , or visit me online for more messages from the Word of God at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com , . I pray for God's blessings in your life, till we meet at Jesus feet.
Netanyahu: 'Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat' - By Yori Yalon -
In comments directed primarily towards Iran, the prime minister said at a Yom Kippur War memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem: "The IDF is prepared to preempt any threat, defensively and offensively, with crushing strength in weaponry and in spirit."
Israel will never rely on other countries for its defense, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, warning Iran that it would not ignore its threats of destruction.
Netanyahu, who spoke at the Hall of Remembrance on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem during the state memorial ceremony for the fallen soldiers of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, said that the lessons of the war made it clear that Israel could not afford to sit idly by as dangers amplify.
"The current focus of aggression in the Middle East is the Iranian regime in Tehran. Iran is striving to tighten its grip in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Gaza Strip," he said. "It is relentlessly arming itself. It is equipping its proxies with dangerous weaponry. It is attacking freedom of navigation in international shipping lanes. It downed a large American UAV. It mounted a crude and unprecedented attack on Saudi oil fields. It has repeatedly crossed its threshold of brazenness."
Netanyahu said Israel was unique in that it had to deal with a major Islamic country actively calling for its annihilation.
"Iran threatens to wipe us off the map. It says explicitly: 'Israel will disappear.' It has tried to attack us repeatedly; therefore, we must stand ready to defend ourselves against danger," warned the prime minister.
He added that while Israel was tremendously grateful to get strong support from the United States, it must focus on its own capabilities.
"We do not aspire to be 'a people who dwell alone,' but we were forced to do so at the start of the Yom Kippur War; only towards the end did the American aid arrive. Like in 1973, today we very much appreciate the important support of the U.S., which has greatly increased in recent years, as well as the major economic pressure that the U.S. is using on Iran," Netanyahu said, noting that "we will always remember and implement the basic rule that has guided us: Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat."
"The IDF is prepared to preempt any threat, defensively and offensively, with crushing strength in weaponry and in spirit. This is the tremendous spirit that was instilled in us by the generation of the Yom Kippur War."
18 Facts About the US National Debt That Are Almost Too Hard To Believe - By Mitchell Nemeth -
At around $22.5 trillion, the United States national debt sits at 106 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). There is no disputing that this gigantic debt will someday become due and payable. However, there is hesitation among the political class as to what must be done to pay down and eliminate this debt.
Continual Spending Increases
Progressive lawmakers have largely refrained from discussing this liability, preferring to claim that the United States can continue to fund exorbitant government programs. Conservatives have unsuccessfully, on numerous occasions, attempted to limit federal outlays.
With each failed attempt, conservatives instead continue to vote for spending increases. At the National Review, Michael Tanner writes,
"there is no effort to prioritize or make the difficult choices of governing, there is only...more."
Each attempt to cut or reduce the growth of federal spending has been met with resistance and ferocious outrage.
If there is any takeaway from these unsuccessful attempts to reduce spending, it is that federal spending has subsidized numerous projects or programs, which have grown dependent on the federal government.
There may be many good uses of federal funds, but this does not provide lawmakers with a "Get-out-of-jail-free card." For now, lawmakers continue to spend as if they are children in a candy store with no limit on their parents' credit card. At some point, lawmakers must address the underlying problem: federal spending.
Apathy and Unfathomability
Lawmakers are representatives for their constituents. This goes without saying, but lawmakers are unlikely to address the ever-increasing national debt until voters demand action. What remains unfathomable to many voters is how much money $22.5 trillion truly is.
As Jon Miltimore has written, "the problem is that the human mind has trouble understanding a figure so huge." Below are some facts that help put into perspective just how large is the sum of $22.5 trillion:
1. In order to pay down our national debt you would have to combine the GDP of China, Japan, and India.
2. The United States owes $68,400 per citizen.
3. The United States owes $183,000 per taxpayer.
4. The United States currently has $125 trillion (yes, trillion) in unfunded liabilities.
5. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the US debt held by the public will reach 100 percent of GDP in 2028.
6. In 2008, interest on the federal debt was $253 billion. Interest for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 is roughly 89 percent higher.
7. For FY 2019, interest alone on the federal debt is $479 billion. In 1979, total federal government receipts were $463 billion.
8. In the year 2000, the federal debt was $5.67 trillion. In 2019, federal debt is 297 percent higher.
9. At Forbes, Jim Powell writes that the old New Deal cost about $50 billion from 1933 to 1940, whereas the "future cost of old New Deal programs still in effect is reckoned at more than $50 trillion."
10. A recent analysis by the CBO projected that the federal budget deficit (deficit as in the difference between federal outlays and revenues) will grow to $1 trillion alone in 2020.
11. As of December 2018, only ten countries have worse Debt-to-GDP ratios than the United States.
12. At NPR, Danielle Kurtzleben writes that Senator Bernie Sanders' "taxation-and-spending plans...would together add $18 trillion to the national debt over a decade."
13. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, roughly 24 percent of federal spending goes to Social Security, 26 percent to federal health insurance programs, 9 percent to safety net programs, and only 2 percent on transportation infrastructure.
14. By 2025, the cost of servicing our national debt will exceed the cost of our military spending.
15. The cost of implementing a Universal Basic Income, presidential candidate Andrew Yang's central social program proposal, would cost $3.8 trillion per year or roughly 85 percent of current federal spending.
16. It would take the United States 713,470 years to pay down the national debt if we paid $1 per second of the year.
17. Modern presidents have doubled the national debt every nine years.
18. The Federal Reserve "purchased large amounts of federal debt as part of its quantitative easing program," thus cheapening the cost (decreasing the interest rates) of money.
Lawmakers and political pundits continue to insist that federal revenues are the real issue despite continuous growth in federal revenues.
Heated rhetoric over federal tax cuts ignores the reality that federal spending increases continue to outpace federal revenue increases.
At some point, purchasers of US treasury securities may request a higher return, materializing in higher interest rates, unless lawmakers address our growing national debt.
For now, it is up to voters to demand that lawmakers implement responsible policies that protect our nation's financial security.
Walking In Twilight - Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
There's a time of day when things are dim and not easily seen. It's that time between the darkness and light called twilight. You can see shapes but it's hard to make out details of what you see. You run the risk of stumbling by stepping in a hole if you walk in the twilight hours because there's a certain amount of blindness. It's not daylight, nor is it night...it's sort of non-committal. Many Christians live in the twilight of their walk with Christ...not fully embracing the Light of the world but holding on to enough darkness of Satan so as not to change their lives too much. They easily stumble. Jesus had much to say about the way we should behave, and Christians need to pay attention. "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." John 12:46. Too many of us choose to stumble around in the darkness of the world, or try to live in both darkness and light, but that isn't how to live. Jesus is the Light to our path and we need to follow His Light.
When Jesus revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus, He said that Paul had a calling. "But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou has seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." Acts 26:16-18. This was quite a revelation to Paul, who had fiercely persecuted Christians. Paul was blinded by the light, but when he regained his sight, he was a totally changed man. He turned away from the dark Satanic path he had followed and gave his life to Jesus. Paul was called to be a minister and a witness to the fallen world that he had once embraced. Brothers and sisters, we too are called to "...turn people from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God...". We cannot do that if we are walking in twilight instead of walking in the full light of God. Whatever sin is holding you in its grip can be forgiven if you repent. You'll never fully walk in the Light of Jesus while you hold on to the darkness.
Christians know that the Holy Spirit is our guide through life. This truth isn't a "pie in the sky" idea, and we need to consciously listen for His guidance. He will never lead you in a path contrary to Scripture. Scripture needs to be taken seriously, and the Holy Spirit will bring understanding if you don't try to justify your own sin and interpret it through your own prejudices. The Devil is real and his goal is to stumble Christians and influence each of us to call evil good and be open minded about sin...to question if God really means what He says. Many Christians absolutely will not drink any form of alcohol, but have no problem being angry or gossiping. We need to see things from God's point of view. God says not to get drunk, but wine is an important part of the Jewish feasts and Jesus even turned water to wine at a wedding. On the other hand, anger and slander are problems. Jesus said "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:21-22. "Raca" was a very derogatory word meaning, empty headed or a fool. So, if you think you're walking in the Light of the Lord because you won't touch alcohol, but fly off the handle and call someone a fool, you're walking in twilight.
Satan and his minions will try to pull even the strongest Christian into sin. In the Old Testament we read the history of the nation of Israel and of the kings. After the kingdom divided, the Northern Kingdom completely turned from God and went the way of pagans. The most notorious and evil monarchs in the north were King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel. They were totally given over to paganism. The Southern Kingdom had some good kings and some bad ones. Sadly, even the good kings allowed some pagan ways. When a king would remove all the groves and high places, which were devoted to pagan worship, they always left a few. The prophet Ezekiel was even shown that deep inside the Temple, paganism was taking place. Nothing is hidden from God. That's no different than Christians. Too often we repent of almost all sin but hold on to just a little. It may not be "big" sin, but even ones we deem as small by human standards are still sin according to God's standards. We've already seen that Jesus said being angry is a sin, but what are other ways we walk in twilight instead of in the Light of Jesus? Do you peek at pornography? If you buy certain magazines and lust after the pictures, you're guilty of sin. Although some people say abortion is a woman's right it's nothing less than a human sacrifice, which is a sin. Do you laugh at television shows that depict ungodly values or go to movies that are violent and filled with foul language? We all have our favorite sins we hold on to, and these keep us away from the full Light of Jesus. I'm not advocating works for salvation because accepting Christ's sacrifice has redeemed you. I am advocating taking every thought captive and choosing to follow the way of Christ rather than the way of the world. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12. It's a choice we make daily. We all stumble in the twilight from time to time, but we can always ask for forgiveness and He is always willing to forgive.
How can we ever completely walk in the Light and not fail? We can't. As long as we live on this side of Heaven we will struggle against the sin in our life. The best way to move from twilight to Light is to break bad habits. Determine that you will please God and not man, then stop giving in to the habits that cause sin. Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica and gave a short list of how to keep in the light. "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17. If you're in prayer then temptation can't get into your thoughts. "Quench not the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:19. The Holy Spirit is sealed within Christians and He will guide us. We can ignore Him if we so choose, and the more we ignore Him the quieter He will speak. Listen to His guidance and obey. "Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22. This means that you may have to completely change your way of living. You may be a solid Christian in your heart, but if you dress in revealing clothing you give the appearance of someone with loose morals. If your hairstyle resembles that which is worn by gang members, you do give the appearance of evil. If you choose to live a sexually immoral life then that is more than just the appearance of evil. No, I'm not nit picking. If you're a Christian then don't appear as one who loves the world more than Christ. "Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8. It's been said that we grow to resemble the god we serve. If you look like the world and put out an appearance of evil then it stands to reason that you serve the god of this world and follow his darkness. If you claim to serve Jesus but choose to look worldly then you're walking in twilight.
We hear it quite often: We need revival. This is true. The problem is, we want others to be revived while we ourselves continue to walk in twilight. Pastors are shy about preaching the full word of God because there are subjects in Scripture that might cause them to lose their tax-exempt status. If sin is talked about from the pulpit, some pew-warmers just might be offended and withdraw their tithes. Money is more important than truth. Instead of trying to please those who embrace the darkness, it's time to stand fully in the light. When Jesus told Peter to feed the sheep, He didn't mean to feed them milk, but to give them something to chew on, consider, and pray about. Revival has to start with every professing Christian. If we aren't walking in the Light, then how can we lead others. Every day we need to be sure we walk in the full Light of God, rather than stumbling around in twilight and darkness. Instead of being the light that shines hope into this fallen world, we allow ourselves to be silenced by people who embrace the darkness of Satan. Christians must follow Christ rather than Satan "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:34-35. Too many Christians embrace twilight...preaching the light but embracing the dark. How can there be a revival if Christians aren't letting Christ's light shine?
We are drawing very near to the Rapture. Prophecy is being fulfilled rapidly and there's very little time left for us to be a witness to the fallen world that's lost in darkness. Jesus is the Light to this fallen world and Christians are the ones who that Light shines through. If we continue walking in twilight then shame on us.
God bless you all,
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Daily Jot: Why your opinion on impeachment is important - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
There are a myriad of polls gauging whether the public wants the president impeached. It appears, however, that many do not know what impeachment is, how it is done, or even if what the president has done is an impeachable offense. The Democratic Party leadership could very well be using this non-official "impeachment inquiry" for political purposes to buy time to bombard the public with a propaganda narrative to sway voter opinion against the president and his party. The news media is doing little, if nothing, to get to the specifics of what the Democrats think is an impeachable offense and whether the charges, which formally have not been made, are credible. Let's start with the Constitution.
Article I Section II of the Constitution states: "The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment." Article I Section 3 says, "The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present." Article II Section 4 states: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Impeachment is a political, not a necessarily a criminal action. Treason and bribery are particularly definable. According to the Constitution, treason can occur only in a wartime situation. Bribery is taking something of value for an act. High crimes and misdemeanors give Congress a large berth to impeach-and that could be anything Congress determines is impeachable. The House of Representatives can impeach a president with a simple majority vote. Once impeached, the president would be tried in the Senate, where it takes two-thirds of the members present to remove him from office. The House would appoint members to prosecute the case against the president before the Senate.
The Democratic Leadership is making the case before the people that seeking assistance from a foreign country to investigate a political opponent is an impeachable offense. A law doesn't need to be broken for impeachment. The bar is whether this act deserves removal from office. Other charges are/will be added-obstruction of justice, obstruction of Congress, conspiring with a foreign government, etc. The Democratic Party is gambling that the citizens of America will support impeachment-This is why it is so important for the media to sway public opinion against the president and his party. This brings into clearer focus the reports about an ongoing coup attempt. As 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Your opinion matters. Make it known.
Daily Devotion: Walking in God's Will - by Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.-Psalm 19:8
Some people are running around today trying to get a direct revelation from God. They want the Lord to give them a word from Heaven: "Do this. . . . Turn right. . . . Turn left."
Yet most of the time when I find myself in the middle of the will of God, it isn't because I heard a word from the Lord. Rather it's because I was simply living by the Word of God, applying biblical principles.
Daniel, for example, needed the interpretation to King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. He had a good biblical template to follow, which was the story of Joseph from Genesis.
Joseph, too, had the ability to interpret dreams. He was thrown in prison on false charges, and while he was there the Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, who told him what his dream meant. As a result, Pharaoh placed Joseph in a position of influence.
This brings up a simple point: the Bible tells us how to live. This is why we need to know the Bible. It's why we need to study the stories of the Bible and the teachings of the Bible. And it's also why we need to memorize passages from the Bible.
When we do this, we start learning how to think biblically. Because the best way to know the will of God is to know the Word of God.
So when a situation comes up, you think, "Wait, there's a story in the Bible I just read that had a very similar situation. I'm going to apply that here." Or, "I just thought of a verse I memorized that applies to this situation."
As you apply God's Word, as you live biblically, you'll find that you're walking in God's will.
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